Buckets of water and waves of space: Why spacetime is probably a substance

Philosophy of Science 60 (2):183-203 (1993)
Abstract
This paper sketches a taxonomy of forms of substantivalism and relationism concerning space and time, and of the traditional arguments for these positions. Several natural sorts of relationism are able to account for Newton's bucket experiment. Conversely, appropriately constructed substantivalism can survive Leibniz's critique, a fact which has been obscured by the conflation of two of Leibniz's arguments. The form of relationism appropriate to the Special Theory of Relativity is also able to evade the problems raised by Field. I survey the effect of the General Theory of Relativity and of plenism on these considerations
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1086/289728
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 20,856
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Jonathan Schaffer (2009). Spacetime the One Substance. Philosophical Studies 145 (1):131 - 148.
Theodore Sider (2006). Bare Particulars. Philosophical Perspectives 20 (1):387–397.
Shamik Dasgupta (2011). The Bare Necessities. Philosophical Perspectives 25 (1):115-160.
James P. Binkoski (forthcoming). On the Viability of Galilean Relationalism. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science:axw002.

View all 19 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

313 ( #6,644 of 1,906,946 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

36 ( #22,326 of 1,906,946 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.